“The Clemmie” Award Winner for 2015:
  Rhodesia R. Ransom

Rhodesia R. Ransom portrait

Rhodesia Ransom, is co-founder and executive director of Sow A Seed Community Foundation, a local youth development non-profit that offers mentoring and seeks to improve the social, emotional and behavioral health of youth in San Joaquin County. As Executive Director, she has developed innovative partnerships with local schools, public safety professionals and businesses to address a diverse array of unmet community needs not only for youth, but also for their families.

Mrs. Ransom is a proud resident of Tracy California, and an innovative and effective community leader who has centered her life’s work on building consensus, solving problems and serving, in her community. In 2010, upon learning that the youngest known gang member in her community was only 10 years old and there was no formal gang prevention program in the local schools, she convened a meeting with the Department of Justice, the Tracy Police Department, the City of Tracy, and the school district to devise a plan to implement a gang prevention program. Today, gang resistance and education is taught as part of a prevention program for 5th grade students.

Rhodesia’s longstanding record of committed public service began when she was a child growing up in San Francisco working alongside her grandmother who was a missionary in charge of local and foreign missions. Currently, Rhodesia serves on the Tracy Planning Commission, the Deuel Vocational Prison Citizens Advisory Committee, Tracy Women’s Forum Board of Directors, Kimball High School’s PTA (vice-president), Tracy Unified School District’s Anti-Bully Committee, and she is a Key Club advisor for the Tracy Kiwanis. From 2006-2008 Rhodesia served as a member and vice foreperson on the San Joaquin County Civil Grand Jury, an investigative body providing oversight to governmental agencies throughout San Joaquin County.

Some of Rhodesia’s previous community commitments include:

Rhodesia enjoys spending time with her husband K.T. Ransom, who coaches varsity football, and their three children Malik (18), Kaiya (14) and Kahlia (13). When she is not roping the family into some community endeavor, she and her husband can be found on the sidelines supporting their kids’ activities, which include gymnastics, basketball, soccer, and football. The rest of Rhodesia’s spare time is spent watching Forensic Files, Law and Order SVU, and Criminal Minds.

As a result of her distinguished record of service to community, the Central Valley Drum Magazine featured Rhodesia Ransom as the 2007 Grassroots Activist of the year; The San Joaquin County Democratic Central Committee awarded her their 2011 Community Spirit Award; The Tracy Women’s Forum named her the 2012 Woman of Tracy; and, the Tracy African American Association honored her with their 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. image award.


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Sunday, October 16, 2016

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